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Beyond The Bookshelves: Why ‘Reading is Sweet’ this winter

We’ve got a sweet deal at the Geneva Public Library this winter: Join our Winter Reading Program, expand your horizons – and win prizes for reading books!

Our “Reading is Sweet” program kicked off Dec. 11 and runs through March 7. Is there a better way to spend the cold winter days than curled up with a good book?

“It’s so wonderful that the Geneva Public Library offers a Winter Reading Program; not all libraries do,” said Adult Services Manager Nancy Kendzior. “What a great way to encourage the love of reading, and the whole family can participate – not just kids.”

Teens and adults will earn drawing entries for every book read or library program attended, “for a chance to win some fun and delicious prizes,” Kendzior said.

For kids, there are multiple benefits to participating in the library’s reading program.

“Our youth Winter Reading Program can be adapted for any age and reading level, and simply encourages the joy of reading,” said Youth Services Manager Kristi Miller. “Studies show that free, voluntary reading is essential to helping students become better readers, writers and spellers – and kids generally read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests.

“We encourage kids to set their own reading goals for the winter program, and we offer a choice of activities that can be completed individually or as a family.”

Ready to sign up? Register from home at, or in person at the adult or youth services departments, and find out why “Reading is Sweet.”

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A note from the customer service desk: This holiday season please consider supporting our holiday tree project by contributing food, snacks, personal items or toiletries to Fox Valley Troop Support for the benefit of local, deployed service members. Donations can be left at either customer service desk. Thank you!

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“The Librarian Recommends”: Ruth Glen, reference assistant, adult services, said: “Dear Mr. You” by Mary-Louise Parker “is probably the furthest thing from a conventional celebrity memoir you can imagine. A stunning literary debut from a woman whose abilities as a writer are commensurate with her highly celebrated talents as an actress. This book is a collection of letters to the men who have impacted her life, real and imagined. It wowed me.”

• Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to

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